Cross Country

    Track and Field Adds Four to Signing Class

    Go Hoosiers! Indiana Track and Field Director and Head Coach Ron Helmer has announced
    Go Hoosiers!
    Indiana Track and Field Director and Head Coach Ron Helmer has announced
    Go Hoosiers!

    May 30, 2012

    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Indiana track and field director and head coach Ron Helmer has announced the addition of four student-athletes to his program's 2012 signing class. The group includes Amanda Behnke, Sara Brown, Stephen Keller and Matt Schwartzer. Behnke will join her brother, Adam, on the IU roster next season as he will transfer in from Columbia University.

    To view all of Indiana's signees to date with updated statistics, click here.

    Amanda Behnke
    St. Louis, Missouri
    Lutheran South High School, St. Louis, Missouri
    Ninth in the 2011 Missouri State Cross Country Meet
    Third in both the 1600 and 3200 at the 2012 Missouri State Track Meet
    PR's: 1600 - 5:08.07, 3200 - 11:37.21

    Coach Helmer: "Amanda has been consistently successful at the 3A level in state meet competitions in her home state of Missouri. As we recruited her we were impressed with her commitment to work and desire to be challenged in an effort to develop into a high-level Big Ten and Division I competitor. She has been successful both on the track and in cross country and will ultimately be a high level contributor here as well."

    Sara Brown
    Lilburn, Georgia
    Parkview High School, Lilburn, Georgia
    4th in the 2012 Georgia State Meet 1600
    PR's: 1600 - 5:03.63, 3200 - 11:18.14

    Coach Helmer: "Sara saved the best for last as she ran a 13-second PR to place fourth in the Georgia 5A state 1600 this spring. She is another late developing athlete with a desire to take on the challenge of high-level collegiate distance running and we are happy IU is the place she chose to make her mark. "

    Stephen Keller
    Kouts, Indiana
    Kouts High School, Kouts, Indiana
    High Jump, Multi
    PR: High Jump - 6' 8"

    Coach Helmer: "Stephen is a very good athlete who has done a number of events but excelled in the high jump. Our multi coaches feel as though he has the skills and physique necessary to give him a chance to develop into a very good heptathlete/decathlete in the future."



    Matt Schwartzer
    Virginia Beach, Virginia
    Princess Anne High School, Virginia Beach, Virginia
    Fourth in the 2011 Virginia State Cross Country Meet
    Second in the 2012 Virginia State Indoor 3200
    PR's: Mile - 4:14.49, Two mile - 9:11.24

    Coach Helmer: "Matt is running outdoor track for only the 2nd year. He is rapidly developing as an outstanding distance runner and we believe he will continue to do so for a number of years to come. He has very good range and we believe he will very quickly adapt to the longer college cross country distances as well."

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